Sunday, January 12, 2014
Roseland to host final fight card
By Dan Rafael
The Roseland Ballroom, a Manhattan landmark that has hosted events of all kinds at its current location on West 52nd Street for more than 50 years -- including numerous boxing cards -- is closing in April after a series of Lady Gaga concerts.
The venue will host its final boxing card Feb. 12, when promoter Lou DiBella will hold his first Broadway Boxing show of the year there. For obvious reasons, DiBella is calling the card “The Last Dance.”
The card will be headlined by junior middleweight Boyd Melson (13-1-1, 4 KOs) squaring off with Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Also on the card in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be determined will be popular female junior featherweight Heather Hardy (7-0, 2 KOs).
DiBella hasn’t announced the rest of the show, but it is sure to be filled with his prospects and New York ticket sellers.
“I am sad that Roseland is closing and that this is the last boxing card we will ever promote there,” DiBella said. “'The Last Dance' will not only be a celebration of New York boxing but a celebration of a legendary hall. This boxing card will help say goodbye to Roseland in style.”
Of the numerous boxing cards held at Roseland Ballroom was one in July 2011 that was headlined by the epic draw between junior middleweights Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez in a classic slugfest that was a strong contender for fight of the year honors.
Besides boxing, Roseland has played host to many of the top musical acts of the past 50 years, including The Rolling Stones.